Solar-Fabrik has officially opened its new state-of-the-art photovoltaics module plant (Plant III) in Freiburg. The first phase of the expansion (60MW) increases Solar-Fabrik’s total module production to 130MW, while the second phase of expansion is expected to take place in 2010. Plant III has a nominal planned capacity of 200MW and covers 15,000m2 of production floor space.
“Almost the entire production volume for the year was already sold at the beginning of 2009,” noted Günter Weinberger, CEO of Solar-Fabrik. “With the new factory, we are able to meet our customers’ growing demand for quality modules. The high degree of automation increases the efficiency and the productivity, and enables the quality standards to be increased even further.”
“We have developed the concept for the line in conjunction with one of the market leaders for fully automatic production systems for photovoltaics,” commented Andreas Blochel, Head of Production and Process Technologies: “All components in the line are state of the art. We rely on cooperation with worldwide market leaders whose systems have already proven themselves in the Solar-Fabrik.”
The highly automated plant employs transverse soldering equipment and an innovative connection socket concept for the modules as well as fully automated solar wafer handling to reduce breakage.